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1. Posted by lsharples (First Time Poster 1 posts) 13y

Hi
<br />I was thinking of going to Lagos in Nigeria to see some friends. I have looked at the Lonely Planet guide which doesn't really recommend going there, from their write up. They say the best thing about it is when you are leaving and it has a very high crime rate.
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<br />My friends assure me everything is fine... Can anyone confirm any of this info one way or another??

2. Posted by Deleted4 (Budding Member 3 posts) 13y

I'm in the oil business. Go there only to visit friends. No wandering about, i.e., touring.
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<br />Mike

3. Posted by Johan (Budding Member 2 posts) 13y

I went to Lagos 2 years ago. You need to have good friends with you all the time who can defend you. Watch out for the police. They will be your worst enemy. They'll invent your crime and try to put you in jail if you don't pay 1000 dollars! Of course you don't pay that. You pay 20 naira instead. My crime was photographing the National Theatre. The policeman was high on drugs and eager to take me to jail. My nigerian friend helped me out of it, thanks god. Be aware that the police will fine nigerians who take "whites" in their cars. Up to 500 naira is possible.
Entering Nigeria by land is an 4-5 hour affair. You're luggage will be checked 20 times, you'll be in for hours of questions and explicit demands for bribes.

Be prepared for a great adventure, but a lot of fun also. It's great music down there and many Nigerians are very friendly. Have some pepper soup and relax in the suburb before the police or the other bandits hits you up again.

4. Posted by Peter (Admin 5813 posts) 13y

I was reading on africaonline.com that Lagos was recently (well, sometime in the last
year) ranked 298 out of 300 cities ranked worldwide for its livability! It's the lowest
ranking city in all of Africa

5. Posted by nneka (Budding Member 3 posts) 10y

You should not talk about what you don't know. Have you ever been or lived in Nigeria? Surely you haven't or else you wouldn't have said what you did. Nigeria is a highly livable place. That it is not livable is grossly incorrect and far from the truth. I grew up abroad and have lived in many different countries so i should know. I am a Nigerian but i'll tell you the truth. Nigeria is one of the safest places i have lived in. It's a hundred times safer than South Africa, but i don't hear anyone telling people not to go there. It is safer than most states in America too, Ethiopia and many other places. Nigeria just like any other place is not a perfect place but it is a beautiful country full of the friendliest, loving and most helpful set of people you will ever meet. We are fun loving and were recently voted as the happiest people in the world. We have beautiful beaches, resorts, hotels, clubs and places that anyone would die to go to.Nigeria unfortunately keeps getting bad press. Well i guess that's because a lot of people are intimidated by our strength, bounty,beauty and glory

6. Posted by Peter (Admin 5813 posts) 10y

This is a 3 year old thread

I was referring to a ranking devised by people who do know what they are talking about. I can't see anything wrong with that. I'm sorry you feel this bad press for Lagos is unjustified. Lagos does have a very bad reputation. This does not mean all of Nigeria isn't worth visiting, but certainly the crime rates in Lagos are scary for a traveller.

Are you trying to tell us it is a safe city??

7. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 10y

LOL

I guess things have changed in 3 years! ;)

8. Posted by jekalo (Full Member 118 posts) 10y

If you have friends living in Lagos and are flying in, you should have few problems while in Lagos. I lived there for a couple of years in 98-2000 and never had any real problems with either police or locals. There are bad places, just like everywhere else and also great places to visit. If your friends are working with one of the oil companies and you will be staying with them then you are on easy street. They have a secure compound complete with their own security, doctors, resteraunts, pool and tennis courts. There can be a problem with police/security people but usualy they just want a small "gift" of a a dollar or less and things were improving at the time we left. The country is very vibrant and colorful. There is a very active expat community. You can visit great beaches and there is a lot of night life if you know where and who to go with. They operate a local Hash on Sundays if you are a runner. The music scene there is great. Do be prepared to bargin for everything in the markets and the vendors there are among the most agressive in Africa don't be offended just walk away, it will escalate into something ugly if you get in a shouting match. We would have stayeed longer but had to return home for a couple of years to honor a prior committment. It is one of the least visited countries so enjoy an experience not many others get a chance to. Trust your friends.

9. Posted by jekalo (Full Member 118 posts) 10y

If you have friends living in Lagos and are flying in, you should have few problems while in Lagos. I lived there for a couple of years in 98-2000 and never had any real problems with either police or locals. There are bad places, just like everywhere else and also great places to visit. If your friends are working with one of the oil companies and you will be staying with them then you are on easy street. They have a secure compound complete with their own security, doctors, resteraunts, pool and tennis courts. There can be a problem with police/security people but usualy they just want a small "gift" of a a dollar or less and things were improving at the time we left. The country is very vibrant and colorful. There is a very active expat community. You can visit great beaches and there is a lot of night life if you know where and who to go with. They operate a local Hash on Sundays if you are a runner. The music scene there is great. Do be prepared to bargin for everything in the markets and the vendors there are among the most agressive in Africa don't be offended just walk away, it will escalate into something ugly if you get in a shouting match. We would have stayeed longer but had to return home for a couple of years to honor a prior committment. It is one of the least visited countries so enjoy an experience not many others get a chance to. Trust your friends.

10. Posted by Nivedita (Budding Member 8 posts) 10y

I have lot of friends in Lagos..
none of them advise me to come to Lagos saying that there is nothing in Lagos and safety is an issue..
I also checked up with a website advising on those visiting Nigeria..it simply said "dont visit" and if you had to visit . pl emplane and run to Victoria Islands for safety.